On This Day

Events in Film & TV on April 29

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 Frank Wedekind's "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

Actor and Playwright Frank Wedekind
Actor and Playwright
Frank Wedekind
  • 1932 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)
  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS

Music releaseTheater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • 1945 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".
  • 1953 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV
  • 1953 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1956 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Music awardsMusic Awards

1982 17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Merle Haggard, and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • 1995 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Release

1996 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

Actress and Singer Idina Menzel
Actress and Singer
Idina Menzel
  • 1997 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director
  • 1997 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses 635-episode count of "Gunsmoke"'; highest number of episodes of any series on TV

Fictional TV Character Homer Simpson
Fictional TV Character
Homer Simpson
Actor Hank Azaria
Actor
Hank Azaria
  • 2019 Sports Illustrated features a Muslim model, Halima Aden, in a Burkini for the first time in their swimsuit edition